Discussion Forums - Cooking Cooking

Topic: What is a good cookbook to give a Ukranian woman new to America?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: What is a good cookbook to give a Ukranian woman new to America?
Date Posted: 11/10/2008 2:25 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2006
Posts: 88
Back To Top

My neighbor married a Ukranian woman and she is coming to USA later this month for first time.  I know she loves to cook and have already been told she will make me a few things.

I would like to give her a wedding gift and thought an American cookbook might be nice and useful.  Any ideas what would be easy enough for her to understand?   Perhaps an american cookbook that also has metric measurements?  Any other ideas if not a cookbook?!?!

Thanks kindly in advance!!

Alicia



Last Edited on: 11/10/08 3:38 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/10/2008 5:27 AM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2008
Posts: 42
Back To Top

I'd get her a gift certificate to Penzey's Spices.

There's one in Arvada.

She can go and look at/smell everything, so no worries about whether or not she knows all the English names.  The spices are better quality than what you can get in the grocery store, and you can buy them in smaller amounts. 

If she loves to cook and is coming to a kitchen that is not her own, this would be a relief to her.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:33 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
Posts: 7,466
Back To Top

How about Taste of Home??

Or one from a local church or something simular.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:36 PM ET
Member Since: 10/29/2005
Posts: 7,466
Back To Top

She may not know what a lot of our spices/ condiments are.  I know when my brother and his wife traveled abroad, they didn't know what poultry seasoning was in Scottland!  LOL

Maybe you could take her to the store and walk around with her and let her ask questions.

Let her lose in your kitchen to taste your spices.

Date Posted: 11/15/2008 5:40 PM ET
Member Since: 7/13/2008
Posts: 42
Back To Top

At Penzey's Spices, you can smell all the spices.

An experienced cook can figure out what to do with them from that.

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 10:07 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2005
Posts: 20,346
Back To Top

The spices catalogs and stores available would be great as mentioned above.

 

I would find an older copy of Joy of Cooking because it has lots of information with a great index! and the book is probably available everywhere. ALso, mark bittman's how to cook everything is another general one that is easy to follow.

 

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 1:56 PM ET
Member Since: 12/4/2005
Posts: 2,320
Back To Top

America's Test Kitchen cookbooks are good.  I also like my BHG Cookbook--it's in a 3 ring binder form.  I see them at WalMart all the time and there are tons of basic recipes. 

Date Posted: 11/16/2008 4:29 PM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2006
Posts: 88
Back To Top

Thanks for all your good ideas! 

Thing is, I would like a cookbook that has both metric and US measurements, since she will be unable to understand our measurements for awhile.



Last Edited on: 11/16/08 4:31 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 5:41 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2006
Posts: 172
Back To Top

 "America the Beautiful Cookbook". large oversize cookbook. one of The Beautiful Cookbook series. Very nice. gorgeous photos. recipes from all over the US. has both US and metric measurements in it.

"The Joy of Cooking" - considered the Bible of Cooking for the US, though it doesn't have metric measurements. you can always make her a chart converting common measurements and laminate it. I know if I went to Spain, I would want someone to give me "1080 Recipes", their Bible of Cooking. I'm sure every country has one of those.



Last Edited on: 11/20/08 12:06 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 11/20/2008 12:06 PM ET
Member Since: 8/30/2006
Posts: 172
Back To Top

Also

A Cooking Ingredients Dictionary or something of that sort. I know in Australia and the Netherlands, food and ingredients are called by different names. I would think Ukraine does too. That way she'll know what she needs to buy and what to call it. maybe something with pictures.... I'll try to come up with a title for you. can't think of any right now. that might be more useful than metric measurements since you could buy her measuring spoons and cups.